Ouachita Concerto Competition to be held Dec. 10

By Julia Shands 
OBU News Bureau

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host the 16th annual W. Francis and Mary McBeth Wind and Percussion Concerto Competition on Friday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. in Ouachita’s McBeth Recital Hall, located in Mabee Fine Arts Center. The competition is designed to identify the best instrumental soloist and is open to all wind and percussion students.

The competition is sponsored by Mary McBeth, who also provides the competition prizes for first-, second- and third-place winners. The first-place winner receives $500, second place receives $300 and third place receives $200. The first-place winner may also be granted the opportunity to perform as featured soloist with the Ouachita Wind Ensemble. 

According to Dr. Carlos Feller, visiting assistant professor of music at Ouachita, “Performance with the Ouachita Wind Ensemble is one of the highest honors awarded to Ouachita instrumentalists.” 

Listed by instrument, students competing this year include: 

Clarinet — Lane Dunman, a freshman nutrition and dietetics major from Cash, Ark. 

Flute — Destiny Diaz, a senior instrumental music education major from Malvern, Ark. 

Horn — Kaitlyn Campbell, a senior computer science major from Benton, Ark. 

Saxophone — Cross Brandon, a senior music industry major from Little Rock, Ark.; Craig Crawford, a senior instrumental music performance major from Texarkana, Texas; Graham Scarborough, a junior instrumental music education major from Ruston, La.; Katelyn Still, a senior instrumental music education major from Benton, Ark.; and Josh Sutton, a junior instrumental music education major from Lone Star, Texas  

The concert will be livestreamed at, which is also available on the Livestream app. For more information, contact Dr. Carlos Feller at or (870) 245-4160.